Health / November 1, 2013

Cleft Palate Simulator Teaches Doctors Needed Skills

WFYI News

 An Indiana University  Surgeon is part of an innovative approach to help the 100,000 people born each year with a cleft lip or cleft palate. 

Many times people born with the defect can’t have it corrected because doctors in their area don’t know how to perform the surgery.  Dr Roberto Flores, a craniofacial surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health helped create the Cleft Palate Simulator which is a 3-D teaching tool.

Smile Train and Bio Digital Incorporated are providing the money and technology for the IU project.  You can learn more about how the cleft palate simulator works this week on "Sound Medicine" which airs Sunday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 p.m.  You can see the simulator online at smiletrain.biodigitalhuman.com